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Risks when you're over 40 weeks... ??? mamiKrystal 4 kids; Hayward, California 445 posts
27th Mar '13

I was 41 weeks on Tuesday, according to my estimated due date. I've had two normal vaginal births before this one, both short labors. I really really really REALLY don't want to get induced. So far, the baby is good, everything is normal. If I don't go into labor by next Tuesday (42 weeks), I'm supposed to be induced.
Just wondering...what are some of the risks if I were to wait even a few more days or a week longer? My husband said that the baby can have a bowel movement while still inside me..is that true?!?!



Also if you know of any good information online about this, please share.

bia. 2 kids; ., ., Portugal 71810 posts
27th Mar '13

Not too sure, haven't had vag births...BUT I'm pretty sure some girl on here went to 44 weeks...

Nut ღ Meg Beverly Hills, CA, United States 40235 posts
27th Mar '13

It is true baby can have a BM in you, but that is the case at any gestation. More so the over due you are though.



The biggest worry is that the placenta can start deteriorating.

user banned Due November 3; 2 kids; Massachusetts 3782 posts
27th Mar '13

yes baby could pass meconium while in utero. Also your placenta can start to deteriorate.

Photo Assassin 67 kids; Louisville, Kentucky 1666 posts
27th Mar '13

I was 42 wks 3 days when I finally gave birth. I went into labor 3 days before being induced, (then they wouldn't let you go past 43 weeks).



She had a bowel movement inside me, and while I was in labor, I had an amnio tranfer to flush out the meconium that she was floating in. I had a vaginal birth, even with the knowledge she had a bowel movement.

mamiKrystal 4 kids; Hayward, California 445 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Meg ღ ღ:" It is true baby can have a BM in you, but that is the case at any gestation. More so the over due you are though. The biggest worry is that the placenta can start deteriorating. "


Thanks.
My ultrasound yesterday showed the placenta, and it was very well intact, and the doctor said everything looked "normal".

jen black 2 kids; California 1119 posts
27th Mar '13

I delivered vaginally a few days before 43 weeks. The baby can poop inside you and get mecconium aspiration at 38 weeks. Just because u go later doesn't mean they're gonna shit

user banned Due January 20; 33 kids; North Carolina 14662 posts
27th Mar '13

Yes, baby can have a bowel movement. I was 41 weeks when I went into labor, and Heathen had pooped, and I ended up with an emergency c-section.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
27th Mar '13

There are risks to going overdue, but there are also a ton of risks to baby being induced. With proper monitoring, the risks of going overdue can be very minimal.

mamiKrystal 4 kids; Hayward, California 445 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting Photo Assassin:" I was 42 wks 3 days when I finally gave birth. I went into labor 3 days before being induced, (then they ... [snip!] ... to flush out the meconium that she was floating in. I had a vaginal birth, even with the knowledge she had a bowel movement."


So, it's not necessarily a huge problem if they have a bowel movement. I guess I just didn't know that could even happen.



I'm also not even confident in the due date they gave me. I had no idea when my period was, so they went with the ultrasound due date that I got when I was already well into the pregnancy. I'm thinking the date is off, so the baby just simply isn't ready yet.

lolajessup Due July 25; 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44057 posts
27th Mar '13

As long as the dr is watching you closely I don't see a problem waiting longer. You've went into labor on your own twice. I feel like your body knows what it's doing. Your dd could be off.

Nut ღ Meg Beverly Hills, CA, United States 40235 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting mamiKrystal:" So, it's not necessarily a huge problem if they have a bowel movement. I guess I just didn't know that ... [snip!] ... that I got when I was already well into the pregnancy. I'm thinking the date is off, so the baby just simply isn't ready yet."


It can be a big deal if they aspirate it.

MommyToWesley 1 child; Delaware 3847 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting mamiKrystal:" So, it's not necessarily a huge problem if they have a bowel movement. I guess I just didn't know that ... [snip!] ... that I got when I was already well into the pregnancy. I'm thinking the date is off, so the baby just simply isn't ready yet."


No, it's not necessarily a big problem. It can be, but as someone else stated, it can happen at any gestation, and a lot of it depends on the stresses the baby goes through during your labor (which will be more likely be greater if you're induced). With DS, I went into labor on my own on my due date. I was in labor for 35 hours, and Wesley aspirated meconium during the labor, most likely because of the length. He had to have a tube inserted to suck out the meconium, and then had to go to the NICU for 2 hours to be monitored.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
27th Mar '13
Quoting mamiKrystal:" So, it's not necessarily a huge problem if they have a bowel movement. I guess I just didn't know that ... [snip!] ... that I got when I was already well into the pregnancy. I'm thinking the date is off, so the baby just simply isn't ready yet."

I can be a huge deal if they aspirate the poop. You also have a risk of the placent deteriorating. Did you have an ultrasound in the first trimester? Usually those a pretty accurate. Personally I wouldn't go past 42 weeks. I believe the risks of keeping baby in are greater than the risks of induction. Again my personal opinion based on my research.

Rebekah Garden x3 Due October 5; 33 kids; Fall River, Massachusetts 5223 posts
27th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting mamiKrystal:</b>" So, it's not necessarily a huge problem if they have a bowel movement. I guess I just didn't know that ... [snip!] ... that I got when I was already well into the pregnancy. I'm thinking the date is off, so the baby just simply isn't ready yet."</blockquote>




My husband was in NICU because he had a BM in utero and he got a lung infection because of it!